Shelbyville Festival of Lights @ Forest Park
Nov 21 @ 5:30 pm – Dec 27 @ 9:00 pm

Opening Nov. 21 and running through Dec. 27, Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. Half a mile drive through the park are more than 400 individual brightly lit displays with more than 30 displays animated. The lights thrill thousands of visitors each year. Donations only and go through as many times as you like. 217-259-2361 or

Christmas at Clover Lawn @ David Davis Mansion State Historic Site
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – Dec 31 @ 4:00 pm

Weds.-Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. Free, donations requested. The mansion is lavishly decorated for Christmas. Visitors will view authentic Victorian-era decorations, including the same kinds of ornaments that were featured on the Downton Abbey Christmas tree during several episodes. 309-828-1084 or

Undying Words: Lincoln @ Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Jan 1 – Jan 31 all-day

This exhibit focuses on Lincoln’s best-known speeches while teaching visitors about Lincoln’s transformation, ultimately putting the United States on track to become the first bi-racial democracy in world history. This exhibit is a collaboration with the Chicago History Museum and will be an inspiring and reflective commemoration of Lincoln’s death. Roughly ninety to one hundred original objects, including the Lincoln family carriage and the death bed of Abraham Lincoln, will be on display. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. or 217-558-8934.

Let’s Go Fishing Show @ Gateway Center
Jan 2 – Jan 4 all-day

The Let’s Go Fishing Show consistently attracts an enthusiastic audience due to its dedication to fishing and to having high quality exhibitors. Visitors to the show not only find a “fishing tackle super-store” but attend seminars and see exhibits of interest. Show attendees will find a wide variety of fishing tackle, rods and reels, and aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats. They will also find accessories such as trolling motors, depth finders and other fishing related products and services. Representatives from resorts and destinations will be there to help you plan a fishing trip to a nearby lake, Ozark retreat, charter fishing trip, or a Canadian adventure. Adults-$7, Seniors age 60+ $5 on Friday only, Ages 6-15 – $3.50, Ages 5 and under-free, free parking. or

Indoor Brush Shoots @ Ocooch Mountain Broadheads, Inc.
Jan 2 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm

Indoor Brush Shoots
Ocooch Mountain Broadheads, Inc.
695 Lincoln Ave. (Upstairs), Fennimore, WI 53809

12-stations with 3-D, Paper & Moving 3-D Targets
Need 4-arrows per station; $10.00 per person. Food and Beverage Available.

Registration Times:
Friday 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 8:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday 8:00am – 2:00pm

January 2, 3, 4

January 30 & 31 and February 1

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Gun & Knife Show @ The Pavilion of the City of Marion
Jan 3 – Jan 4 all-day

This event offers a large display of handmade and collectible hunting/work knives and guns.

Alton-Audubon Eagle Festival @ Alton Visitor Center
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for the kick-off of the eagle watching season. See a live bald eagle up close and personal. Meet and greet with partners from our Eagle Watching Hot Spots to see what is in store for the rest of the season. Bring the kids for fun activities and crafts. Learn about eagle watching – how to spot eagles, where to look and what brings the eagles to this region each year. Then, head back across the river to Downtown Alton for ice sculpting on the streets. Admission is free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more details, call 1-800-258-6645.

Bald Eagle Days Environmental Fair @ QCCA Expo Center
Jan 9 – Jan 11 all-day

Don’t miss the Fair and Wildlife Art Show. It is heralded as the largest event in the Midwest dedicated to the United States’ national symbol of freedom. The three-day event includes live eagle, hawk, owl and vulture flying demonstrations along with educational programs and more than 200 fun and informative exhibits. or 309-788-5912.

Galena Winter Farmers Market and Craft Fair @ Galena Center for the Arts
Jan 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Market includes 16-20 vendors selling everything from winter produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, crafts, organic soaps and much more.

Winter Wilderness Weekend @ Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
Jan 17 @ 9:00 am – Jan 18 @ 2:00 pm

Guided hikes to see the spectacular ice falls of Starved Rock. Enjoy Bald Eagle viewing and the geology of the park. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm daily. Free event. For more information call the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 815-667-4906 or